Connecting people

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAHow do we exercise unprejudiced thinking, while keeping our own identity?

The Continent Europe is a fascinating and beautiful patchwork of many different cultures, languages, traditions and geographical landscapes. It is much larger than the EU and combines much more countries! Her enormous diversity carries a deep historical and cultural richness.

With all these differences, it is quite a challenge to live peacefully together while keeping everybody’s identity. For politicians and trade people but also for inhabitants and guests, it requires good communication to bring different views in a fruitful cooperation.

To create respect and understanding and to practice unprejudiced thinking, we need to approach each other from the perspective of the heart and to take our personal responsibility for what we say and stand for. Because on the level of the heart, we are all equally connected as human beings. Also knowledge about cultural, geographical or social aspects of the unknown countries helps. It widens our perspective, and gives a deeper and healthier fundament for communication.

Only then, there will be breathing-space for every living being. And we can give each other hands and work together in harmony, without losing our own identity.


Everyone in Europe can practice this conscious way of connection to advance a living peace in the continent Europe. Art is one medium that can be very helpful in this connection, as it can be free of social, political and religious structures. The Golden Sun is an Art project that wants to bring people together on the level of the heart. It wants to show the richness of the European countries and bring attention and consciousness in the connection of all European inhabitants and guests, in a way that it will feed the seed of Peace!


Temple Europe Foundation has ANBI-status, or charity status for dutch taxpayers. More information, see ‘Donations’.

Stichting Tempel Europa heeft ANBI-status voor Nederlandse belastingbetalers. Voor meer informatie, zie ‘Donations’.

The Voyage of the Golden Sun

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe Dutch artist Frouk Riemersma was inspired to create a mobile work of Art and a traveling  Ceremony, together called ‘The Golden Sun’. The Golden Sun has been created in order to invite people to practice respect and understanding between the 51 geographic countries in the Continent of Europe.

The Ceremony of The Golden Sun is performed around a large ash wood disc covered with gold leaf, consisting of 52 pieces that fit together like the pieces of a puzzle. 51 Pieces represent the countries in Europe, the 52th piece connects Europe with the other 6 continents. The ash tree is connected with the German Igdrassil who connects the under, upper and middle world and is also called ‘the tree of the sun’. Gold is the symbol of the awaken consciousness.

The Art Ceremony The Golden Sun will be organized in all European countries.

The Performance

Each Art Ceremony will have the following gradient:
– Opening by organizers of the country where the Ceremony takes place.
– Introduction by Frouk Riemersma.
– Explanation.
– Ceremony.
– Drinks and exchange of experience.


The organizers of the Ceremony in the specific country will have gathered 51 representatives (or as much as possible). Within two weeks before the Ceremony takes place, all representatives are being asked to connect themselves with one of the European Countries. Each representative will pick one specific theme of the chosen (of given) country. We try to practice non judgement, so we intent not to say something about the country that is good or wrong, but we intent to share our deep connection/admiration to that country, or a description of nature, or a cultural, social or geological aspect we feel attracted to. Please study a little bit and find words for your fascinating aspects of that country. During the Ceremony, he or she will speak 4 or 5 phrases about this connection (30 seconds).

To be a representative of a country, you don’t have to be an inhabitant of that country. Maybe it’s even the first time in your life that you hear about this specific country.


The Ceremony

Before the Ceremony takes place, a carpet of 12 by 12 meters (depending on the available space) is spread out on the ground (9 meters will be used, the rest will cover chairs or meditation cushions).

In the centre of the carpet, the outer lines of all 51 pieces of the Golden Sun are embroidered with gold thread. Around this centre, all wooden pieces of the Golden Sun are lying in a square. Around the square, the representatives are sitting behind their piece. The pieces are numbered in a way that the first will be put in the very middle, and from that point a spiral forms till the outside is closed.

detail-borduurwerkwebDuring the Ceremony one by one, the participants stand up, pick the piece in front of him/her and says ‘I am …… (personal name).’ He or she mentions the represented country and shares his or her admiration or fascination for that country. For example ‘I am Frouk. I am representing The Netherlands. I think it’s fascinating that people in the Netherlands are living 6,5 metres under sea-level, without fear of drowning.’ Then Frouk puts her piece on the right spot in The Golden Sun. With every piece, the Golden Sun appears spiraling during this personal travel through all European countries.

When the Golden Sun is round, we give each other a hand and melt all the unprejudiced intentions to one pillar of conscious light and spread it all over Europa and the world. And we thank each other.

Sometimes, the Art Ceremony has a different form. It will be combined with music, of singing mantra’s, or it is simplified. It will be mentioned in the scedule.


When and where 2017

The NetherlandsZeistHelicon, Socrateslaan 22a, 3707 GL (gymnastieklokaal/gymnasticsroom)2017, Sunday March 12th Walk-in 13:30
Ceremony 14:00-16:00
This ceremony will be ‘Simple’: participants don’t have to study on a country. During the ceremony, they only connect with the country and mention the name.
SpainEls Poblets, next to Denia (1 hour in between Valencia and Alicante)Merendero Park2017, Sunday April 30Walk-in 11:30
Ceremony 12:00-14:00
Paella 14:00

Quite a few Ceremonies has been passed already. And every Ceremony more people become enthousiastic and join! In 2016 the first Ceremonies took place in the Netherlands (Breda, Amersfoort, Austerlitz, Katwijk aan Zee). Followed by Italy (Rome), Sweden (Markaryd), Germany (Schwartzwald) and the Netherlands again (Zeewolde, Amsterdam). Please feel free to join too!

Do you want to join a Ceremony?

If you want to join the Art Ceremony in The Netherlands, Zeist, please contact Joost Nijhof (

If you want to join the Art Ceremony in Spain, Denia (between Alicante and Valencia), please contact Mariëlle van Eeden, (

Would you like to organize a Art Ceremony?

If you want to organize a Art Ceremony in one of the European countries, please contact Frouk Riemersma (

Here you can read how Dorte Jørck-Ramberg experienced the organisation of the Art Ceremony The Golden Sun in Sweden, August 2016.

Een heel aantal Kunstceremonies zijn al gerealiseerd. En bij iedere Ceremonie worden mensen enthousiaster en doen meer mensen mee. In 2016 vonden de eerste Ceremonies plaats in Nederland (Amersfoort, Austerlitz, Katwijk aan Zee). Gevolgd door Italie (Rome),  Zweden (Markaryd), Duitsland (Schwartzwald) en opnieuw in Nederland (Zeewolde, Amsterdam). Voel je alsjeblieft vrij om ook deel te nemen!

Wil je meedoen in een Kunstceremonie?

Als je wilt deelnemen aan de Ceremonie in Nederland, Zeist, meld je dan alsjeblieft aan bij Joost Nijhof (

Als je wilt deelnemen aan de Ceremonie in Spanje, Denia (between Alicante and Valencia), meld je dan alsjeblieft aan bij Mariëlle van Eeden, (

Wil je een Kunstceremonie organiseren?

Als je een Kunstceremonie wilt organiseren in een van de Europese landen, meld je dan alsjeblieft aan bij Frouk Riemersma (

Hier kun je lezen hoe Dorte Jørck-Ramberg de organisatie van Kunstceremonie De Gouden Zon in Zweden, Augustus 2016, heeft ervaren.


All activities of the project The Golden Sun for Peace in Europa is done by volunteers. To cover the costs of materials, travelling, communication, a lot of money is needed. Your contribution in any form will be much appreciated. All incomes from donations, will be used for the continuity of The Golden Sun.

ANBI or Charity Status
Foundation Temple Europe (Stichting Tempel Europa) has Charity Status for dutch taxpayers (in dutch ANBI Status: ANBI means ‘Algemeen Nut Beogende Instelling).
Charity status means that gifts to an ANBI can deduct the gift value from their income or corporation tax, or tax can be reclaimed as gift aid by the ANBI. To allow tax deductability of gift aid of recurrent donations, the donor and the ANBI need to sign an agreement.
Charity Status also means that the Foundation has to full-fill the strong requirements of the Dutch Tax Department, such as: no salary for the Board Members, expenses only for activities of the Foundation, and yearly render account of the costs and incomes on the website.
This information might help you to realise that your national laws may support your giving through tax compensations, and does not constitute legal advise.

Different ways to donate
Here you can downlaod a permission form to realise your one-time or recurring donation. Please print the form, fill it in and scan it. You can send it to
You can also donate on our bank account number NL88 TRIO 0390 9437 62, BIC code: TRIONL2U, in the name of Temple Europe Foundation (Zeist, the Netherlands).
Or use the button below.

Thank you very much in advance for your financial support! Any amount is welcome!

Alle activiteiten voor het project De Gouden Zon voor Vrede in Europa worden gedaan door vrijwilligers. Om de kosten voor materialen, reizen, communicatie te dekken, is veel geld nodig. Uw bijdrage in welke vorm dan ook wordt zeer gewaardeerd. Alle inkomsten vanuit donaties zullen gebruikt worden voor de continuïteit van het project. Bij voorbaat hartelijk dank.

Stichting Tempel Europa heeft ANBI-status voor Nederlandse belastingbetalers. ANBI staat voor Algemeen Nut Beogende Instelling. Donateurs van een ANBI mogen hun giften aftrekken van de inkomsten- of vennootschapsbelasting. Om in aanmerking te komen voor de aftrek van periodieke giften, moet de donateur en de Stichting de gift vastleggen in een overeenkomst, zoals vereist door de Belastingdienst.
ANBI-status betekent ook dat de Stichting moet voldoen aan de strenge eisen van de Nederlandse Belastingdienst, zoals: geen salaris voor de bestuursleden, uitgaven mogen alleen besteed worden ten behoeve van activiteiten van de Stichting, en jaarlijks rekenschap afleggen over de kosten en inkomsten op de website.

Verschillende manieren om te doneren
U kunt ons machtigen om
uw periodieke (of éénmalige) donatie af te laten schrijven. Hiertoe kunt u een machtigingsformulier downloaden. Print het alstublieft uit en vul het in. Het ondertekende formulier kunt u opsturen naar Stichting Tempel Europa, Costerlaan 20, 3701 JM Zeist. Of u kunt het inscannen en mailen naar
Uiteraard kunt u ook
uw donatie storten op ons bankrekeningnummer NL88 TRIO 0390 9437 62, BIC code: TRIONL2U, ten name van Stichting Tempel Europa (Zeist, Nederland).
Of gebruik de betalingswijze hieronder aangegeven.

Bij voorbaat hartelijk dank voor uw financiële ondersteuning. Ieder bedrag is welkom!

Your donation

Personal Info



Icones of the Golden Sun
The icons are handmade by Frouk Riemersma. They are made of different types of wood and covered with gold plate.
Sizes and prices:
Icone 1 (round): 45 cm, ash wood with goldleaf, €695,-
Icone 2 (starshape): 36 cm, birch wood with goldleaf, €595,-
Icone 3 (puzzle pieces): 28 cm, ash wood with goldleaf, €395,-

Iconen van de Gouden Zon
De iconen zijn handgemaakt door Frouk Riemersma. Ze zijn gemaakt van verschillende houtsoorten en bedekt met bladgoud.

Maten en prijzen:
Icoon 1 (rond): 45 cm, essenhout met bladgoud, €695,-
Icoon 2 (stervormig): 36 cm, berkenhout met bladgoud, €595,-
Icoon 3 (puzzelstukken): 28 cm, essenhout met bladgoud, €395,-

Placing an order
Please send an email to in which you describe the article you wish (name of the article, size, price) and your name, telephone and adress. Please wait for confirmation that your article is available. After the confirmation, you can deposit the amount on the following bank account: NL88 TRIO 0390 9437 62, BIC code: TRIONL2U, in the name of Temple Europe Foundation (Zeist, the Netherlands). And the article will be sent to you.

Het plaatsen van een order
Stuurt u alstublieft een mail naar, waarin u de naam van het gewenste artikel beschrijft (naam van het artikel, maat, prijs) en uw naam, telefoon en adres. Wacht alstublieft op de bevestiging dat uw artikel er is. Maak daarna uw bedrag over naar
het volgende bankrekeningnummer: NL88 TRIO 0390 9437 62, BIC code: TRIONL2U, ten name van Stichting Tempel Europa (Zeist, Nederland).

Icones in the Light of the Golden Sun …

In our webshop, some beautiful art pieces specially designed for the project The Golden Sun, are for sale.

Pendants of the Golden Sun


The pendants are handmade by the Italian artist Andrea Agate. The material is hand forged brass and gold plated with 0,5 microgram gold. Backside has a little eye.
Sizes and prizes: 5cm (€69,95), 3,5 cm (€49,95), 2,5 cm (€39,95).

Hangers van de Gouden Zon
De hangers zijn handgemaakt door de Italiaanse kunstenaar Andrea Agate Bolsena. Het materiaal is handgeklopt geel koper met 0,5 microgram bladgoud. Er zijn twee types bewerking: puntjes (eerste foto) en deukjes (tweede foto). De achterzijde heeft een oogje.
Maten en prijzen: 5cm (€69,95), 3,5 cm (€49,95), 2,5 cm (€39,95).

Icons of the Golden Sun

icoon1  icoon2(sold/verkocht)



The Golden Sun is part of Temple Europe Foundation


President: Drs Peter Pieterson
Treasurer: Jeroen Streumer
Secretary: Anita Stellaard
Member: Frouk Riemersma

Art work group
Members; Joost Nijhof, Gerha Lankhuijzen, Ariane Miller, Anita Stellaard, Wilma Brouwer, Evert Hoefman, Hildegard Boender, Angelique de Ru, Peter Pieterson, Frouk Riemersma

Photographer: Pieter van den Boogert en vele anderen


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Temple Europe Foundation

(Stichting Tempel Europa – Zeist)

Goal: To practice and feed the seed of peace in the continent Europe.

The traveling Art Ceremony The Golden Sun will come to all the European countries and finally find a good place to be rooted permanently in the name of Temple Europe. A place where people will exercise connection, understanding and peace with each other every year.

The foundation is organizing all the contacts in the Continent Europe for the performance The Golden Sun. Managing the financial resources, and to realize the construction of Temple Europe.


News & Media


Would you like to know how we use your grateful given donation?
Would you like to know what is going on today?
Please read the latest news in our newsletters.


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Temple Europe Foundation
Costerlaan 20
3701 JM Zeist, the Netherlands

Chairman: Drs Peter Pieterson
Telephone: +31 (0) 621 603 212

Treasurer: Jeroen Streumer

Bankaccount: NL88 TRIO 0390 9437 62
(BIC code: TRIONL2U, in the name of Stichting Tempel Europa, the Netherlands, Zeist)
Chamber of Commerce (NL): 63484323


Frouk Riemersma
Telephone: +31 (0) 627 371 808